Ferrer, Monfils ease into last 16

David Ferrer and Gael Monfils both advanced to the fourth round of the Australian Open after recording straight sets victories in Melbourne on Saturday.

Ferrer, the eighth seed in the Australian Open this week, proved far too good for American Steve Johnson, beating his 32nd-ranked opponent 6-1, 6-4, 6-4 in an hour and 47 minutes.

Monfils, meanwhile, spent almost exactly the same amount of time on court in his 7-5 6-3, 6-2 victory over his French countryman Stephane Robert.

Ferrer will take on another American, 10th-seeded John Isner for a place in the quarter-finals, while Monfils will battle the winner of the match between Dominic Sela and Andrey Kuznetsov.

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